How Did I Get Here?

1. Corinthians 10:13 The temptations in your life are no different from what others experience. And God is faithful. He will not allow the temptation to be more than you can stand. When you are tempted, he will show you a way out so that you can endure.

One of the best ways to deal with temptation is to avoid it. Granted, temptation can hit us anywhere, even sitting in church. And it isn’t always an immoral thought. It could be anger, hatred, or jealousy. Temptation can hit us anytime, anyplace.

But let’s be honest. There are certain places that make us more vulnerable to temptation. If I’m trying to lose weight, I avoid Krispy Kreme and Dunkin Donuts because if I see them I’m going to get one. We know where we are weak and unnecessarily put ourselves in the way of temptation.

The devil is cunning. He has been doing this a long time. He won’t say, “Hey, happy Christian. Come here. I want to ruin your life. I want to destroy your family, your kids and grandkids, even your great-grandkids. I want to mess you up so bad that it affects your family for generations to come.”

Who would respond to that? No, the devil says, “I know you would never do this stuff. I know you would never be unfaithful to your spouse. I know you wouldn’t lie or steal. But just once, try it out. Just take a little taste. Take a test drive. Take this thought out for a spin.”

That is where the problems begin. It starts with a little thing that becomes a bigger thing. As we begin a new year let’s commit to keeping our mind focused on Christ.

David Ball
Pastor